Content comparison of health status measures for obesity based on the international classification of functioning, disability and health

Stucki, A., Borchers, M., Stucki, A., Cieza, A., Amann, E. and Ruof, J. (2006) Content comparison of health status measures for obesity based on the international classification of functioning, disability and health. International Journal of Obesity, 30, 1791-1799. (doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803335). (PMID:16585945).


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Objective: To compare the content covered by twelve obesity-specific health status measures using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Design: Obesity-specific health status measures were identified and then linked to the ICF separately by two trained health professionals according to standardized guidelines. The degree of agreement between health professionals was calculated by means of the kappa () statistic. Bootstrapped confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. The obesity-specific health-status measures were compared on the component and category level of the ICF.

Measurements: Twelve condition-specific health-status measures were identified and included in this study, namely the obesity-related problem scale, the obesity eating problems scale, the obesity-related coping and obesity-related distress questionnaire, the impact of weight on quality of life questionnaire (short version), the health-related quality of life questionnaire, the obesity adjustment survey (short form), the short specific quality of life scale, the obesity-related well-being questionnaire, the bariatric analysis and reporting outcome system, the bariatric quality of life index, the obesity and weight loss quality of life questionnaire and the weight-related symptom measure.

Results: In the 280 items of the eight measures, a total of 413 concepts were identified and linked to the 87 different ICF categories. The measures varied strongly in the number of concepts contained and the number of ICF categories used to map these concepts. Items on body functions varied form 12% in the obesity-related problem scale to 95% in the weight-related symptom measure. The estimated coefficients ranged between 0.79 (CI: 0.72, 0.86) at the component ICFs level and 0.97 (CI: 0.93, 1.0) at the third ICF's level.

Conclusion: The ICF proved highly useful for the content comparison of obesity-specific health-status measures. The results may provide clinicians and researchers with new insights when selecting health-status measures for clinical studies in obesity.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803335
ISSNs: 0307-0565 (print)
0307-0565 (electronic)
Keywords: outcomes research, quality of life, health-status measures, ICF
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 341722
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2006Published
4 April 2006Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2012 15:52
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:32

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